Astros Use Four Late Dingers To Win Epic Game 2 Over Dodgers In Extra Innings (VIDEOS)
Game 1 of the World Series between the Houston Astros and Los Angeles Dodgers was a classic pitchers dual. Game 2, not so much.
The Astros beat the Dodgers in an epic Game 2 at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday night that will surely go down as an all-time classic. The teams combined for a whopping eight home runs, and six of them came in the ninth inning or later.
The Dodgers took a 3-1 lead into the eighth thanks to stellar pitching from starter Rich Hill and home runs from Joc Pederson and Cory Seager. Astros shortstop Alex Corea knocked in a run in the top of the eighth to make it a 3-2 game. Then the fireworks began.
Let’s take it dinger by dinger, shall we?
First, in the top of the ninth, Astros left fielder Marwin Gonzalez tied the game at 3-3 when he crushed a 94 mph cutter from Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen into the bleachers in left-center:
The Dodgers failed to score in the bottom in the ninth, so the game headed to extra innings, and the Astros’ superstars pounced. Jose Altuve and Carlos Corea went back-to-back off Dodgers reliever Josh Fields to give Houston a 5-3 lead:
The game wasn’t over, though. The Dodgers came storming back to tie the game in the bottom of the 10th. Yasiel Puig got the rally started by annihilating a 97 mph fastball from Ken Giles. Then NLCS hero Kiki Hernandez tied it 5-5 with a two-out RBI single:
So the game headed to the 11th. And the Astros powered up again. This time it was center fielder George Springer, who gave his team a 7-5 lead with a two-run homer off Brandon McCarthy:
The Dodgers still weren’t done, though. In the bottom of the 11th, with two outs, shortstop Charlie Culberson smashed a 96 mph Chris Devenski fastball into the left field bleachers, making it a 7-6 game:
The next batter for the Dodgers was Yasiel Puig, and he battled to a full count. However, Devenski finally shut the door on Game 2 with an 84 mph slider down and away:
That was one hell of a game. It’s a shame it had to end.
Fortunately, Game 3 in Houston is just 36 hours away.